- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 2002
Find out why the Witness Protection Program is not the unalloyed success the government would have you believe.
It is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of law enforcement, a tool that has helped put thousands of criminals behind bars and crippled organized crime families in Cleveland, Philadelphia and New York. But it has also led to hardened criminals being released in unsuspecting neighborhoods, without the knowledge of residents or even local law enforcement.
DEALING WITH THE DEVIL breaks through thirty years of silence to tell the dark side of the Witness Protection Program story. Former U.S. Marshals and FBI Agents detail the difficulties of administering a program that has been hampered from the very beginning by understaffing and low expectations (the government projected that 25 people a year would enter Witness Protection, but 647 people signed up in 1974 alone!). And we'll get an inside view of life in the Program from four former criminals who have since abandoned its protection.
While the lure of a fresh start is compelling, the system designed to provide it is severely strained, and has been since its inception.